What do you do when a crisis strikes? How to deal with the emotional and psychic weight of it all?
It doesn’t matter whether the crisis is national, at the Boston Marathon explosions yesterday, or personal, like a broken water pipe, a tree limb falling, or a family member suddenly sick. Crisis sends our bodies and minds into a safety-first! mode whatever the safety needs to be. Crisis often brings out the worst in us, our fear at losing control of life.
One of the photos I saw from yesterday’s explosions was a Puerto Rican man holding the artery of a man’s blown apart leg, one of the runners, as the man is being rushed to an ambulance. The same man, the Puerto Rican, had lost his son in Iraq in 2004. He couldn’t save his son, but he could, perhaps, save someone else’s.
Sometimes there’s nothing we can do with a crisis on a national scale. We can only watch as another chaotic moment in a chaotic year plays itself out in front of us.
So if we can’t do anything like this one man did, we can do something else. We can be a little kinder. We can slow down five miles per hour on the highway. We can allow someone to move into traffic a little more easily. We can stop pushing so hard for our own agenda and allow a little sanity into our daily activities.
And that way, when a crisis comes our way, we already have practice in acting in a kind way. Perhaps a smile, a comforting look or comment, is all that’s needed to lighten another’s load or to save another’s life.
- The Multi-variable Crisis (yesiamamiracle.wordpress.com)